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Legacy’s Brown wins state title

Staff Report



Legacy Christian’s Gavin Brown (left) won the Division III state wrestling title in the 126-pound weight class.

Legacy Christian’s Gavin Brown (left) won the Division III state wrestling title in the 126-pound weight class.


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Camron Lacure


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Gavin Bell


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Matt Ellis


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Bradley Smith


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Devan Hendricks


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John Hammond


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COLUMBUS — Seven area high school wrestlers entered the Jerome Schottenstein Center March 7-9 for the 2019 Individual State Wrestling Tournament. When they came home, Legacy Christian Academy’s Gavin Brown became a state champion and five others had placed in the top-8 of their respective weight classes.

Brown (38-5) had to defeat 2018 113-pound champion Ethan Turner of Troy Christian — the same wrestler Brown had to defeat in the district title match just the week before — in the Division III 126-pound final. Brown won the match, 2-1 to become Greene County’s lone state champion of the season.

Fellow Legacy Christian freshmen Camron Lacure (120 pounds) and Matt Ellis (106) also placed in their respective D-III tournament brackets. Lacure (35-6) pinned his Pemberville Eastwood opponent to claim third place; Ellis (28-11) claimed a 4-1 decision over a Gates Mills Hawken opponent to earn seventh place.

Greeneview’s Devan Hendricks (47-9) was also in the D-III tournament, and the Rams senior placed eighth at 145 pounds.

There were no area state qualifiers in the Division II tourney, but Beavercreek had three wrestlers in the Division I tournament.

Two of the three Beavercreek wrestlers also ended their weekends on the awards podium, with the third wrestler — ‘Creek senior 182-pounder John Hammond (38-16) — losing to a district champ and runner-up in back-to-back matches.

The Beavers’ junior Gavin Bell (20-4) claimed a major decision win in the third-place match at 152 pounds, and senior 220-pounder Bradley Smith (29-5) also claimed a decision to win his D-I seventh-place match.

Legacy Christian’s Gavin Brown (left) won the Division III state wrestling title in the 126-pound weight class.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2019/03/web1_GAVINBROWN1st126_PS.jpgLegacy Christian’s Gavin Brown (left) won the Division III state wrestling title in the 126-pound weight class. Joshua Brown | Troy Daily News

Camron Lacure
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2019/03/web1_CamronLacure120Third_PS.jpgCamron Lacure Karen Clark | Greene County News

Gavin Bell
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2019/03/web1_GavinBell152fifth_PS.jpgGavin Bell Karen Clark | Greene County News

Matt Ellis
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2019/03/web1_MattEllis106Seventh_PS.jpgMatt Ellis Karen Clark | Greene County News

Bradley Smith
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2019/03/web1_BRADLEYSMITH220seventh_PS.jpgBradley Smith Karen Clark | Greene County News

Devan Hendricks
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2019/03/web1_DevanHendricks8th145_PS.jpgDevan Hendricks Karen Clark | Greene County News

John Hammond
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2019/03/web1_JohnHammond490182_PS.jpgJohn Hammond Karen Clark | Greene County News
Legacy’s Brown wins state title

Staff Report

A complete listing of state championship wrestling results can be found on the ohsaa.org website.

A complete listing of state championship wrestling results can be found on the ohsaa.org website.